Originally Posted by MommyJoia
you can't take those comments too seriously, they are quite often made by someone who has no clue what they are talking about.
I agree. Too many CLW'ers themselves have said this kind of thing once. It's a problem with society and not the individuals, I think.
I've only seen two toddlers nursed IRL (besides my own). I picked up my book The Experience of Breastfeeding two days ago and flipped through the pictures. The pictures were nice but they all showed babies breastfeeding. Some photos showed toddlers watching babies nurse, but it was clear that they were "too old" to nurse. Seeing babies breastfeed sort of seemed strange to me in a way
Like it was so long ago that DD was a baby, I'm much more accustomed to the idea of toddlers nursing!
When I was 17, an Iranian guy told me he nursed until age 4. I don't recall my exact words, but "Gross" was probably pretty close.
When I was pregnant, I was totally gung-ho on nursing, but couldn't imagine wanting to nurse past age 2. I mean, I was commited to that age but assumed it would be torture or something to do it, and wouldn't commit to more than 2 years. My midwife kept kind of pressuring me to extend that limit. Looking back, she must have really not understood this dynamic. Especially for a woman who has never breastfed before, they have NO CLUE what it's going to be like. It's both harder and easier than you would ever think. One big thing is that my nipples were super sensitive (in a bad way) during pregnancy so the idea of anyone touching them was repulsive to me. Surely I'm not the only one.
DD is 3 now and nursing is easy breezy. Sure, sometimes I don't want to do it - not because I don't want to nurse but for example we're ready to go out and I want to GO and not spend 10 extra minutes nursing right this second. But when I nurse her, I don't see a kid far too old to nurse. She's not a baby anymore (but she WAS a baby at age 2) but it just seems like the most natural thing in the world.
And that's the perspective that people who say things like that lack.